Carleton Researcher Awarded NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair in Sensor Networks for the Internet of Things

Carleton University’s Mohamed Ibnkahla, professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering in the research intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design has been named the NSERC/Cisco Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sensor Networks for the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT will connect billions of objects and devices through global dynamic information exchange. These new connections will reduce costs, create revenue and enhance employee productivity. However, real-world IoT deployment is challenged by the disparateness of sensor technologies and the enormous amounts of data that will be generated.

Ibnkahla will investigate innovative algorithms, architectures and communications protocols that will enable real-world deployment and easy adoption of IoT systems.

Ibnkahla’s research will focus on developing strategies for IoT system deployment and building advanced tools for effective IoT resource management. His research will also target a number of applications relating to smart cities, including smart buildings, smart grids, energy management, safety and urban traffic management.

The research will be conducted in collaboration with Cisco Systems Canada, which will provide guidance, vision and technical support. Ibnkahla will lead the development of a scalable and reconfigurable IoT test bed, offering Testing-as-a-Service and Experience-as-a-Service layers that can be used not only by Cisco, but also by end users, government and other organizations.

About Mohamed Ibnkahla

Ibnkahla has an international reputation in wireless communications and IoT systems, having published five books and contributed to more than 150 publications. Throughout his career, he successfully applied IoT technologies to environmental monitoring, water monitoring, food traceability, smart homes, health care, intelligent transportation systems, highway safety, smart grids, industrial IoT, and public safety and emergency response. He has a record of collaboration with industry and government partners and an exceptional capability of engaging researchers and end users across multiple disciplines.


“Carleton is pleased to partner with NSERC and Cisco in this cutting-edge research area. Ibnkahla is positioned to lead an exceptionally strong team of researchers focused on the Internet of Things. The IRC builds on a remarkably solid 10-year history and productive strategic partnership between Cisco and Carleton.”– Rafik Goubran, vice-president (Research and International)

“The IRC Chair represents a framework for my research activities over the next five years which covers key aspects of IoT technologies and systems. I would like to thank NSERC and Cisco for their generous and timely support. The IoT is transforming the objects around us into ecosystems that generate flows of information. These will have a profound impact on all aspects of our society.”– Ibnkahla